About the Match
The Hobart Hurricanes have won their last two matches in the Big Bash and are fast becoming one of the crowd favorites. Their opponents for this match are the hapless Sydney Sixers who are currently in the middle of one of the worst BBL seasons of any team ever. Can the Sixers turn it around at the Bellerive Oval?
The Hurricanes owe a lot of their success in the last two matches to the batting of Darcy Short and some tremendous fast bowling by Jofra Archer. Short became the first batsman in BBL history to score consecutive nineties and was unlucky not to have crossed the century mark on both occasions. With Shirt firing consistently at the top, the Hurricanes appear a very confident side.
Alex Doolan has also been good without being spectacular as has Ben McDermott. We liked the flexibility that the Hurricanes showed by sending up Mathew Wade when needed and think that they will continue to change up their order to combat certain kinds of bowlers.
The Hobart Hurricanes are one of the most powerful batting sides thanks to the presence of George Bailey, Dan Christian, and the hard-hitting Jofra Archer down the order. The Bellerive Oval has so far proven to be one of the highest scoring grounds in this BBL and we have a feeling that the runs will continue to flow for the Hurricanes.
Of course, scoring runs is just half the battle as the Hurricanes must also figure out a way to keep the runs down while defending. This is something particularly difficult at the Bellerive Oval because of the small boundary on one side.
Their bowling depends heavily on Jofra Archer and Tymal Mills to provide the pace which batsmen can find difficult to face. The middle and lower order batsmen, in particular, have so far been found out against the kind of steep bounce both these bowlers generate.
Clive Rose has had a tough time of late but he, Dan Christian, and the other bowlers can all provide good support to their lead bowlers. This is an excellent team with form behind them at the moment.
The Sydney Sixers missed Nic Maddinson and may continue to miss Moises Henriques for this match as well. It has been frustrating for a team that is struggling with form to keep on missing out on key players due to small niggles or other reasons.
Their most economical bowler, Stephen O’Keefe is also out of the entire remaining BBL with a nasty injury he picked up during one of the games.
This will also be the last match for Jason Roy in this BBL after which he will be away on national duty for England. Roy has been very disappointing this season and does not seem to have any way of finding form except to try and keep hitting out while hoping for the best.
The Sixers have every right to expect a lot more from their international recruits. Sam Billings too has looked very patchy and is unable to provide the kind of boost required in the middle of the innings.
The return of Daniel Hughes at the top of the order should also help the Sixers score some more runs.
The Sydney Sixers are one of the weakest batting lineups in this competition and are going to have a tough time getting the runs necessary if their top order does not start firing very soon. The lack of batting options in the side seems to be the reason that the Sixers are forced to play with six bowlers on occasions.
Their bowling is in a little better shape thanks to the emergence of Daniel Sams, an excellent left-arm fast bowler. Johan Botha, Sean Abbott, and Ben Dwarshius are all very good bowlers as well. Abbott may not be having the same kind of success as he did last season but that would be an unfair expectation to place on him.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Bellerive Oval is fast and comes on to the bat very nicely for the batsmen. With a short boundary always beckoning, this is one of the hardest grounds on which to defend. We expect the team winning the toss to chase for sure. The weather prediction for this match is excellent with no rain predicted.
The Sydney Sixers have beaten the Hobart Hurricanes in three out of the last five matches they have played against each other. This, however, is a very different Sydney Sixers side and not one that we would recommend backing.
The Hobart Hurricanes should be able to win this one easily.
Back the Hobart Hurricanes to win